Visiting the Most Beautiful Casino in the World in Baden-Baden

Marlene Dietrich declared Baden-Baden casino in Germany “the most beautiful casino in the world” and I might just have to agree.

Baden-Baden Casino Germany

Casinos in Germany are very different to those found in Las Vegas- while Sin City is loud, proud and in-your-face, the casino in Baden-Baden is a much more classy and altogether more refined affair. There are no neon lights and showgirls here. Instead you’ll find decadent red interiors and sparkling chandeliers. Since Baden-Baden is close to the French border, the interior design of the casino was very much influenced by Palace of Versailles and the grand French palaces of the day.

Baden Baden Casino Ceiling

Baden Baden Casino

In the 19th century the casino became the playground of nobles and the elite; since gambling was banned in France, the French hopped across the border to the spa town of Baden-Baden, where they bathed in the nearby bath houses and indulged in the game of chance. Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky won a fotune in Wiesbaden but it all at the tables of the Baden-Baden casino; his novel “The Gambler” was inspired by  these events. These days the clientele consists mainly of tourists and a more ‘normal’ middle-class crowd, but it still retains an aristocratic elegance.

Casino Baden Baden

Casino Baden Baden Germany

As I gaze into one of the many mirrors adorning the walls, I half expect James Bond to appear behing me in a tuxedo ordering a Martini “shaken not stirred”.  But this is the early morning, when the casino is open for public tours. The casino is closed to gamblers, the tables are empty and it feels like I’m walking through a museum. At 14:00 in the afternoon the casino will open and the first gamblers will start to arrive, but for now, all is quiet.

Roulette Table

Baden Baden Casino Blackjack

Info about Casino Baden-Baden

Entrance is 5 euros, and 1 euro for slots.

You must be 21 years or older to enter the casino and bring ID

Clothing: For classic games the dress code is smart and men must wear a jacket and tie. If you make a ‘spontaneous’ visit they can provide a jacket and tie for a rental fee. For slots the dress code is smart casual.

While drinks are free in Las Vegas, in Germany you pay for any drinks you order, although you aren’t expected to tip the waiter or waitress.

Baden Baden Casino Mirrors

Baden Baden Casino Clock

Opening hours:

Roulette
Sunday to Thursday, 14:00 – 2:00 clock
Friday and Saturday, 14:00 – 3:30 clock

Blackjack
Sunday to Thursday, 17:00 – 1:30 clock
Friday and Saturday, 17:00 – 2:30 clock

Poker  –  Texas Hold’em No Limit 
Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, 20:00 – 1:30 clock
Friday and Saturday, 20:00 – 3:30 clock

Ultimate Poker
daily from 19:30 clock; Minimum: 2 €

Machine game

Sunday to Thursday, 12:00 – 2:00 clock
Friday and Saturday, 12:00 – 3:00 clock

Casino Catering Summer Garden – Bar, Bistro, Restaurant

Sunday to Thursday, 14:00 – 2:00 clock
Friday and Saturday, 14:00 – 3:00 clock

Victoria Brewood
victoria@pommietravels.com

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

1 Comment
  • Hamish Healys
    Posted at 11:10h, 11 April Reply

    I’ll go along with Marlene Dietrich when she says this Baden-Baden Casino in Germany is the most beautiful in the world. In point of fact, this is the type of casinos I envision as I pursue my wild dream of becoming a gentleman-gambler.

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